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The Great American Women of Impressionism

Mary Cassatt wasn’t the only American woman to play an important role in Impressionism. These three ladies may be less well-known, but each made her own important contribution to the Impressionist art movement here in America. Learn about them through my articles mentioned below.

Matilda Browne (1869-1947) was an American Impressionist painter whose work I fell in love with last summer. She stayed at Miss Florence’s boarding house (see the next entry), where she was given the honor of painting on a door. I adore her beautiful landscape paintings and charming animal scenes.

Matilda Browne, a Forgotten Female Impressionist“. Published on DailyArt Magazine, September 14, 2019.

The Ongoing Revival of Matilda Browne, American Impressionist“. Published on Art Herstory blog, May 8, 2021.

Florence Griswold (1850-1937) was a Connecticut innkeeper whose boarding house became a major American Impressionist colony in the early-20th century. Miss Florence was loved by all the artists who stayed with her for her kindness, hospitality, and support. Her home is now the Florence Griswold Museum.

Florence Griswold – ‘Patron Saint’ of American Impressionism“. Published on DailyArt Magazine, August 28, 2019.

Louisine Havemeyer (1855-1929) was America’s foremost collector of Impressionism and other French Modernist artworks. She and her husband Harry are best known for their role in bringing Impressionism to the American art-viewing public. Much of their collection is now at the Met.

Louisine Havemeyer and Her Modern Art Collection“. Published on DailyArt Magazine, July 28, 2020.

If you like these articles, you might also enjoy my interview with Eve Kahn about forgotten female Impressionist Mary Rogers Williams.

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